Behind the Scene
This page contains a brief overview of the various workshops and then a link to a gallery with some "Behind The Scene" images taken during the workshop.  They will be in order of newest to oldest.

The Outer Banks, NC - April 20 - 23, 2017:   On Thursday, we met at 4:00 after introductions and instructions we photographed Bodie Lighthouse.  The weather was quite breezy and the temps in low 60's. There was a beautiful sunset and some evening clouds.

On Friday, we went over to Mateo for a Sunrise shoot.  It turned into a gorgeous day. A few clouds with a perfectly crisp spring morning.

Our next stop was the Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station. This Quonochontaug-type station was the third station at Oregon Inlet. Construction was completed in February 1898. The first station, one of the original outer banks stations, was built in 1874. In 1888, due to the shifting channel, it was replaced by a station 400 feet to the west, which was then destroyed by a storm in 1897. The 1898 station was extensively modified in 1933-34, and further extended in 1979. It was abandoned in 1988 and was ultimately replaced by a new station in July 1990 on Pamlico Sound.

The wind was very gusty, at times as much as 30 knots or more. We got sandblasted pretty good and it was also a bit chilly.  It didn't matter which way you turned or if you were wearing a hood or not the sand went everywhere.

We went back to Bodie Lighthouse that evening. Many participants learned how to do long exposures and some of them got their favorite photos from the workshop this evening. For sunset half of the group went to the sound side of the island while half stayed at the light house. Right before the sun set until a little after it set the sky exploded in a very bold pink and red clouds. No matter which location you were at, the views were spectacular. 

On Saturday, we went to Jeanette’s Pier for a sunrise shoot.  The water was quite chilly according to Bobbie who waded into the water barefoot. The sky was cloudless, but it was another one of those perfectly crisp spring mornings that went great with a cup of coffee.  Afterwards we went to Stack‘em High for breakfast.  A place not to be missed for their fantastic food.

Our next stop was the Currituck Lighthouse where images were made both outside and inside this beautiful brick structure.  Again, the sky was mostly cloudless but the sky was a vibrant blue and the weather was divine.  Despite the cloudless sky, the setting was gorgeous and everyone got some good images.

The next stop was the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.  From there, we all wandered in different directions taking a variety of images from various locations and perspectives.  After shooting for a few hours, some sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine, light breeze and temperatures in the 70’s. We were also treated to some dolphins bobbing up and down off shore and as we were leaving, the few of us left on the beach were stunned by their surfing through the shallow waves right off show giving us a spectacular show.  

Next up was the Frisco pier. They are tearing down later this year due to extensive damage from multiple hurricanes. We had a few clouds in the sky and the sun felt fantastic but not hot.  The waves crashing on the pilings were a lot of fun to shoot and again many experimented with both long and short exposures.

Then we headed off to Salvo for s Sunset shoot.  There was a gnarled downed tree there and 6 of the participants crammed in, found a way to sit there through sunset and got some very interesting pictures with the tree. 

On Sunday, we went to Avalon pier for our last shoot.  It was another perfectly cool and enjoyable spring morning.  After shooting here for a few hours, we went back to the hotel, packed up, said a few more goodbyes and then hit the road.

 (click here to see some Behind The Scene images from OBX 2017)


The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016:   Thursday was check-in day.  We had a great group: 10 participants representing 4 different states:  West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, and Florida.  All had been on shoots with Randy and many knew each other. The plan was to meet in the lobby of the Days Inn, where everyone decided we needed to go shoot the Bodie Lighthouse.  We didn't stay out too late as the first scheduled shoot for Friday was a sunrise shoot at Jeannette's Pier.

Breakfast was on the run as we headed for Jeannette's Pier Friday morning.  After that, we ran over to Manteo to shoot the lighthouse, then onto the Dunes at Oregon Inlet.  Cape Hatteras Light was next for a day shoot then back to Bodie for some sunset shooting as well.  We did a night shoot with the Milky Way at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as a finale to a very long day: up at 4:30 AM and back to the hotel about 4:00 AM. 

No one was up for anything early on Saturday after getting in so late so we took it pretty easy.  We gathered for lunch then headed to Currituck.  Most of the group got to go up into the lighthouse at least a couple of landings, and we also spent some time shooting at the shore.  As I passed by a couple of our shooters, I thought of the Hokey Pokey and said something like "Put your right leg up."  They did and I got a shot of it!  Photo in the Behind the Scenes Gallery.  Got together again later for dinner then went out for a sunset shoot on the beach in Salvo.  The wind was blowing about 40 mph and while the light wasn't awful, we were all getting sand blasted and sprayed by foam from the sound.

Sunday was a sunrise shoot at Avalon Pier then back to the hotel to check out.  I scouted a couple of times on the beach at Corolla for horses but had no luck.  All in all, however, I think everyone had a great time and learned something as well.

 (click here to see some Behind The Scene images from OBX 2016)